22 Mar '12, 12pm

Can Reforming the Farm Bill Help Change U.S. Agriculture?

Unfortunately, the authors quoted in this article, or maybe the author himself, seem unconcerned about the specifics required to understand the environmental consequences of human actions. Specifically, they fail to understand that “pesticide” means anything used to control one or more pest organisms. Soap is a pesticide. When they use “pesticide” they seem to mean “insecticide”, but is that what they mean? In addition, the “broad-brush” treatment of “organic agriculture” and suggestion that it will lead to sustainable production is questionable at best. One of the greatest environmental improvements associated with farming in the last few decades was the introduction of “no-till agriculture” which relies on herbicides. No-till agriculture has stopped hundreds of thousands of tons of top soil from being lost annually. Unfortunately, much of the soil that is lost ends up in...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/can_reforming_the_farm_bill_...

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